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Eddie Vedder Says Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Reminded Him of ‘Punk Rock Crowds’

Don’t let the setlist of back-to-back pop hits, sparkly costumes or confetti cannons fool you — Taylor Swift‘s Eras Tour is totally punk rock, as certified by Eddie Vedder in a recent piece.

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The Pearl Jam frontman marveled at the magic of the pop star’s global trek, which he attended in July with one of his daughters, in a Mojo piece published Friday (March 15). “The craziest thing was it reminded me of punk rock crowds, of being aligned with all of the misfits in our town, back in the day,” he told the publication. “It was galvanizing and powerful.”

Vedder, who shares daughters Olivia and Harper with Jill Vedder, was spotted with his family at one of Swift’s concerts in Seattle last summer. The rock star’s wrists were filled with friendship bracelets from nearby fans, and he appeared to wear a shirt that said, “It’s me, hi, I’m the father it’s me.”

“The run-up to it, making friendship bracelets with her and the generosity of these young girls and boys…,” he added. “Trading these bracelets with different messages on them – lyrics, song titles, just acts of good will on these little bracelets. They had found their tribe; they were all agreeing on something.”

The “Society” singer’s comments came just two days shy of the one-year anniversary of the Eras Tour’s opening night in Glendale, Ariz. on March 17, 2023. Since then, Swift has taken her show all across North America, as well as through parts of Asia and Australia.

The “Anti-Hero” singer closed out a string of performances in Singapore earlier this month. She’ll now take a two-month pause from touring as she prepares to release her new album, The Tortured Poets Department, on April 19.

“Just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who traveled and put so much effort into being at our shows,” Swift wrote in an Instagram post March 10. “What an unforgettable way to end this leg of the tour!!”

She added, “In the meantime I’ve got an album to release…”

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